Increasingly, Illinois lawmakers are opting not to participate in the state pension system, a trend some see as a realization of the bleak outlook for the system but that others view as a political ploy.

“Sure, some of them are doing it for political purposes,” said Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions. “But many of them view this as a leadership issue. Defined benefit pensions are not sustainable over the long haul. States need to move away from them, and some legislators are choosing to lead by example.”

via Legislators bail from pension plan – Illinois News Network.